Cost of Blood Tests-Highway Robbery?

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-03-19 03:25:29 -0500
Started 2009-03-18 21:20:58 -0500

Today in the mail I received a bill from the lab that my doctor sent all my blood samples off to. I was rather shocked at the costs of each test.
TSH Highly Sensitive Test $61.33
Comprehensive Metabolic Test $35.32
Lipid Profile2 $53.81
Hemoglobin A1C $40.75
Albumin Urine Microalbu $67.41
Creatinine Urine $25.03
Grand Total…$283.65
Now I realize these tests have to be done, but, is it any wonder people like me who don't have and can't get insurance give up on taking care of their diabetes. This is just the bill for the labs work performed, it doesn't even count what the doctor office itself charges. I seriously just feel like giving up all over again, my levels are still extremely high, I'm on more medicine than I have ever been on for diabetes before in my life and it's not working in the least little bit and then to be charged such outrageous prices for tests that show us what we already knew, its just insane. On top of this, I am required to bring between $122-195.00 on Friday just to get my foot in the door to see a dermatologist for my legs. For that kind of money they better do more than just take a look at my legs, there better be something more done, but I'm seriously doubting that is going to happen…again I say, people wonder why people in my situation just give up on it all together? This is just the tip of the iceberg as to why.

2 replies

lipsie 2009-03-19 03:25:29 -0500 Report

Wow, I am just speechless here! I am VERY sorry you all are having to deal with your health issues and the COST is outrageous trying to stay healthy! I understand your frustration and wanting to give up though I am sure you are tougher than than that. I just have that impression (granted I dunno ya) I just heard something like that of someone else here trying to see a dermatologist and having to pay such high amounts JUST to get your foot in the door! They are some expensive specialists! Anyhow, I just wanted to wish you well and tell you how sorry I am you a dealing with so much crap! Sheila

2009-03-18 21:42:59 -0500 Report

Hey Robin, you got away cheap.. check out these prices for the same labs.

Albumin Urine Microalbumen 106.00 one on 2/5 and one on 2/25. 312.00 for the month
Hemoglobin A1C 74.00
Lipid Panel 115.00 one on 2/5 and one on 2/25 230.00 for the month
The priveledge of drawing my blood 23.00 for each visit so 46.00 for the month.
Vitamin D test - 251.00

251.00 = 913.00 for the month and I have to go back for some of this crap every 6 weeks!!!

It's insane


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